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Design Inclined Plane and Projectile Motion

PHY 200 & 230

Students design their own procedure for finding the acceleration of a ball rolled down an inclined plane, across the table top, and off the table as a projectile. Often employs two dimensional analysis using basic kinematic formulas and relationships (with or without trig.) Finding the initial launch velocity of the projectile as it leaves the table is a typical goal.


Name Location Quantity
Inclined Planes (Wide) JE105A S132 1 per table
Rods, Metal JE-105A-D89,99,100 1 per table
Balls, Metal - 1.5" JE-105A-S22 1 per table
Meter Stick - 2.00m JE-105A-(105 Door-L) 1 per table
Timer, - MyChron, Battery JE-105A-D62 1 per table
Tape, Masking JE-105A-D63 1 per table
Meter Stick - 1.00m JE-105A-(105 Door), D98 1 per table
Clamp, Lattice Rod JE-105A-D64 1 per table
Protractor JE-105A-D90 2 per table


Ramp is wooden plank supported by metal rods. Do not use the planks with the pulley's. (And, be very gentle with pulley planks if moving them to get other planks.) Place the equipment onto the tables but DO NOT set up the experiment. Make sure that the steel rods can fit through the holes of the wooden boards serving as ramps. If you are setting up the Physics 230 lab, put one timer, one roll of tape, and one protractor on each table. Each lab bench already has a lattice rod clamp attached to the rod.

Make sure that the room has plenty of paper.

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Item modified on 2014-01-27 14:41:27 by dahlbergk1.